The Horn Times News Letter
By Getahune Bekele
Somalis called for Zenawi’s immediate arrest
One of Africa’s embarrassingly uncivilized tyrants, Legesse Zenawi of Ethiopia suffered a crushing blow in Johannesburg, South Africa as more than 400 Ethiopians embarrassed him in the presence of distinguished African leaders, members of the Diaspora and western diplomats.
The tyrant was about to deliver a key note address to this year’s global African Diaspora summit alongside ex South African president Thabo Mbeki at Sandton convention centre. However, before the start of proceedings, more than 400 flag waving Ethiopians descended on the square chanting anti Zenawi and anti TPLF songs.
At a glimpse, as his convoy passed, the tyrant was seen violently shaking and trying to hide his face from the protesters.
Two prominent Ethiopians, Bête Ethiopia leader Mulugeta Feleke and Ethiopian community association chairperson Tamiru Abebe Woubet organized the march at very short notice.
“Arrest the genocidal tyrant now” reads one placard,”Zenawi is a war criminal “says the other placard held aloft by a young girl.
One of the organizers Mulugeta Feleke, a refugee for seven years, told journalists that the time has come for the international criminal court to issue arrest warrant for Zenawi.He added that Ethiopians have waited 21 years for justice. It is now or never.
Chairman of the community, Tamiru Abebe who was loudly demanding Zenawi be expelled from the summit said most refugees are tired of living in exile, they hunker for freedom.
The word Allah WA Akbar, God is great, was also reverberated in solidarity with Ethiopian Muslims massacred by Zenawi’s private Militia last month during mass protest in Addis Ababa.
Finally, late in the afternoon, the Ethiopians were seen cheering and celebrating a big victory, as it became apparent that Zenawi’s chance to speak at the summit has been cancelled.
As if that was not enough, Zenawi had to endure another protest held near the Ethiopian embassy in Pretoria by more than 200 disgruntled Somali refugees on May 25, 2012.
“Charles Taylor and Meles Zenawi are enemies of Africa. They should not have been allowed to take power in the first place.” Said Hussein Mohamed, 37, who arrived in South Africa in April 2012 from the besieged town of Argoye near the capital.
“Zenawi’s militias behead any bearded Somali man they found, rape women and plunder property. I have seen it all, Zenawi is a war criminal,” he shouted.
Meanwhile, Zenawi’s spokesperson Ato Shimeles Kemal refused to comment when asked by the Horn Times how his boss is handling the crisis by saying, “I don’t waste my time talking to a terrorist.”
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